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Meet Gawker’s New Investor: A Stylish, Well-Armed, Ultra-Rich Russian ‘Oligarch’

Gawker Media’s hunger for investor cash unexpectedly led to an investment by a flamboyant strongman this week. No, not Hulk Hogan.

VICTOR St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2011

 

Hogan’s the reason Gawker needs the money, and it came from none other than Victor Vekselberg, the richest man in Russia whose hobbies include collecting $100 million Faberge eggs, cornering the global aluminum market, and sending mercenary squads to capture Siberian oil fields.

International Business Times bemusedly notes that Vekselberg is the sort of character who would usually find himself on the wrong end of coverage from a site like Gawker, which in fact referred to him as an “ultra-rich Soviet oligarch” in 2008.

When Esquire managed an interview with the secretive billionaire in 2013, they upped the ante by calling him “the Russian oligarch, the oligarchs’ oligarch, ” boasting an $18 billion fortune, “cordial” relations with Vladimir Putin, and a cloak of media invisibility that would be envied by most men in his position.

Read the full story at Breitbart, by John Hayward

 

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